What does IPv4 transfer activity look like in Australia?

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IPv4 transfers in Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific are increasing as demand for the limited resource grows.

As of today, over 1 million (1,083,136) IPv4 addresses have been transferred into Australian organizations under the IPv4 transfer policy.

From 2011 to 2015 there have been a total of 474 market transfers between Asia Pacific organizations, accounting for almost 15 million addresses.

These are some of the transfer findings Elly Tawhai, APNIC’s Senior Internet Resource Analyst, will be presenting at the 2015 AusNOG conference held in Melbourne, Australia. AusNOG is a community of network operators who work in ISPs, Content Providers, or other areas of the Internet industry in Australia.

“For IPv4, all new and existing APNIC Members are able to access up to a maximum of /22 from the 103/8 pool and are also able to access up to a maximum of /22 from the recovered pool, if meeting the policy criteria” says Elly.

“Organizations that have received the maximum IPv4 amount they are eligible for, but require more, might consider IPv4 transfer.

IPv4 transfer guide for APNIC members transferring within this region.

“Some organizations have more IPv4 addresses than they need and some are willing to transfer addresses to others who have a need.”

Transfers outside the APNIC region

Currently, it is possible for organizations in APNIC region that wish to transfer IPv4 addresses to or from ARIN to do so because of the compatible Inter-RIR transfer policy. When other RIRs implement their Inter-RIR policy, we may see more IPv4 transfers between the APNIC region and other RIR regions.

Since 2012, all but one of the 76 IPv4 inter-RIR transfers between APNIC and ARIN has been from the ARIN region to the APNIC region.

Not a long-term solution

“While IPv4 transfers may help to solve a short-term need for IPv4, we strongly encourage all network operators to prepare for the transition to IPv6, a protocol for which ample address space is available.”

“IPv6 is the way of the future, no doubt about it. Organizations that embrace the new protocol will most likely benefit greatly in the long term.”

See APNIC’s IPv6 program page for more information, including how to get IPv6 at no cost to your organization.

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